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F1 NEWS 

Rosberg keen to forget Monaco

Nico Rosberg crashes in Monaco practiceNico Rosberg says he just wants to forget his Monaco Grand Prix weekend after an event he thought would bring him a podium finish ended with a lowly 11th place.

The Mercedes driver had been competitive in practice, and qualified seventh despite a massive accident on Saturday morning. But he suffered from severe tyre wear in the race and tumbled down the order.

In a video blog on his YouTube channel, Rosberg said he had been feeling extremely bullish about his chances prior to the weekend.

"I had said in Barcelona I was going to be attacking in Monaco and was going to be right up there, and that's how I went into the weekend - I was convinced I was going to be on the podium. But it didn't quite go that way..." he said.

He admitted that after a confident start to the race, he could not overcome his tyre problems - and confessed that he had not been driving at his best.

"Fantastic race start - rocketed off, fifth place after the start," said Rosberg. "[Mark] Webber was in front of me and my attitude was like 'Webber, get out of the way now because I'm coming through...' So I was quite positive at that time.

"And then I just hammered the tyres completely. They were just shot. I was just so slow. From there I just started going backwards and backwards. It didn't matter if you put softs on or whatever, the tyres were shot all the time.

"Adding onto that, I did a bad job at driving in the middle part of the race. Not my greatest day either. With everything together, an absolute weekend to forget. I was supposed to be on the podium in the Monaco GP and I finished in 11th place.

"I'm sure there will be better days. Montreal, we'll be right back up there I'm convinced. We'll just forget about Monaco and learn what we can."

Despite his frustration at the weekend's final result, Rosberg was full of praise for his Mercedes team's efforts to rebuild his car in time for qualifying following his massive accident on the way out of the tunnel at the start of final practice.

"The weekend started really well in practice. Fully on it. Everything was looking good. But then on Saturday I made a really stupid mistake - one of those mistakes that shouldn't happen, can't happen and will not happen again," he said.

"I totally destroyed the car, and that's horrible. Standing there in the middle of the track, red flag, looking at my car just before qualifying and there was nothing left on the car. No corners. Everything was gone. The whole weekend, I thought it was over.

"Then a miracle. The team did an amazing job. Even Michael [Schumacher]'s mechanics were on my car. It was just absolute mayhem and they put it together, unbelievably, in 97 minutes. Even at the beginning of qualifying there were still some missing parts, and 10 minutes later it was ready to go and off I went."

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